RAF Officer Killed:
Another Injured




In an RAF 'plane crash at Dorrington, near Sleaford, yesterday, the pilot, Acting Pilot Officer D.G.Baker was killed and his companion Acting Pilot Officer H.A.C Bird-Wilson was injured.
The 'plane is understood to have been flying low under a cloud when it nosed dived into a field.

Bird-Wilson dragged himself free of the wreckage and made his way to a nearby farm. His companion was later found dead.

The engine of the 'plane, which was from the No.4 Elementary Reserve Flying Training School, was ripped from the fuselage by the impact.
An inquest is being held this afternoon.

(Webmaster Note: This is the continuation of the article but the aircraft was not from 49Sqn)

Flying a bombing machine from Waddington RAF yesterday Pilot Officer Ronald Lloyd was obliged to make a forced landing at Hasland near Chesterfield on account of bad light.

The machine ran along the ground until its wheels ran into marshland and the 'plane swung over on its nose. Both Lloyd and his wireless operator, Aircraftsman John Donnelly of Thornton-le-Fylde, Blackpool were able to extricate themselves from the machine.
Lloyd was uninjured but Donnelly was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital with internal injury.

Webmaster Note:
A Sgt Ronald Lloyd was KIA on 23/11/1943 flying with 626Sqn (as a Flight Engineer) and is buried at the Cambridge City Cemetery.